Visit Your Dentist Before The First Day Of Summer

Spring is coming to a close, and summer is about to begin. Your 2014 Northern Hemisphere Summer Solstice occurs June 21 at 10:51 Universal Coordinated Time, which means your year is nearly half finished. When’s the last time you visited your local dentist in Lake Orion, MI for a checkup and cleaning? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), patients over the age of one should visit their dentist at least twice a year. Dr. Greenfield and our team at Lake Orion Family Dentistry agree with the ADA that you and your loved ones should visit twice a year while continuing to practice regular preventive dentistry at home.

FAQ About Checkups And Cleanings

Question: What Will Dr. Greenfield Check For?

Answer: The checkup consists of searching for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, tooth decay, defective dental work, Bruxism, TMJ disorder or other conditions. Dr. Greenfield will ask questions about your oral health habits, overall health conditions, and persisting issues, if any exist. You are encouraged to join the conversation and ask questions or share concerns regarding your oral health.

Question: What’s Involved In A Dental Cleaning?

Answer: Generally, a dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar(hardened plaque) from your teeth surfaces and gumline. Tartar usually appears in hard to reach places that your toothbrush or floss aren’t able to clean. Visiting Lake Orion Family Dentistry twice a year for a cleaning reduces the chance of gum disease, gum recession, and tooth decay exponentially. 

Question: Is Gum Disease Preventable?

Answer: Yes, the health of your gums rely on the preventive dental care you practice at-home along with visiting Dr. Greenfield twice a year for a general checkup. Brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinsing prevents various bacterial infections in the mouth.

Question: Is Oral Cancer A Major Concern?

Answer: Yes, oral cancer is a large enough concern that Dr. Greenfield screens for it during your checkup. To date,  35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, which is why Dr. Greenfield utilizes a VELscope screening device to detect any presence of oral cancer. VELscope is non-invasive, painless, and quick. 

About Lake Orion Family Dentistry

At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves in providing the most effective and convenient dentistry. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield, call (248) 693-6213. Also, visit our website for services, patient forms, and smile gallery. We happily serve patients in Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Oxford, Lake Orion, and neighboring communities.